|Over 100,000 private sector jobs to be lost on Oct 1 |
if Congress fails to act on extending jobs bill - Help us keep America employed!
Take action. What you can do right now
Step 1a. If you are a TANF/ECF employee, friend or concerned citizen and only have 60 seconds; Send a free electronic email petition to Congressional representatives to have "TANF Emergency Contingency Funding" included in the "Extenders Bill". This bill is revenue neutral and is funded with tax offsets.
Step 1b. If you are a TANF/ECF employer and have benefited from the program and only have 60 seconds; Send a free electronic email petition to Congressional representatives to have "TANF Emergency Contingency Funding" included in the "Extenders Bill". This bill is revenue neutral and is funded with tax offsets.
Step 2. If you have 5 minutes; Make 3 phone calls to Washington –these three representatives are instrumental in getting a bill to the House floor for a vote:
Representative Nancy Pelosi’s office, Speaker of the House: 415 556 4862
Senator Levin’s office, Chair of House Ways and Means: 202 225 3625
Senator Voinovich, Ohio: 202 225 3625
The phone message is simple: when the staffer answers the phone, introduce yourself and say, “Please support the extension to the TANF Emergency Contingency Funding. I want to keep Americans working.”
Step 3. If you can help us expand the message to the 35 states that have used this program to put people back to work; Please pass this message (and web link) on to all your employees, friends, and email contacts. Our goal is to reach as many Americans associated with the benefits of this program and to ask Congress to fund this legislation. NOTE: This legislation is revenue neutral and is funded with tax offsets.
Step 4. If you would like to read some of the backstory details; Take a look at some personal stories of how this program has helped people at the Internet Archive.
What is TANF and why action is needed now?
100,000 jobs are at risk if the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Emergency Contingency Fund is not extended by September 30th.
The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/Emergency Contingency Funding program is the standout successful program of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This program benefits both sides of Main Street, the employer and the employee. It is a hand up, not a hand up.
Over 100 of those jobs are at Internet Archive
We are the Internet Archive, just one of thousands of companies across America who has benefited from TANF funding. We are 145 formerly unemployed parents out of 235,000 people hired with TANF funds. We are not collecting unemployment, we are working and working hard. We are proud! We are building a free, public, digital library of 1 million books which will be made available to every school in America.
We need your help.
We want to keep our jobs. We want all 100,000 people hired across America to keep theirs too. Now is the time to keep jobs, not end jobs. An Employed America is a Strong America!
"Job Loss Looms as Part of Stimulus Expires," by Michael Cooper, New York Times, Sept. 28, 2010
"Thousands employed locally through federal jobs program could be out of work by week's end," by Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times, Sept. 27, 2010
SF Mayors press conference video summary- Extend TANF/ECF, KTVU, Value and Benefits for America, Sept 2, 2010
SF Mayors Press Conference video summary - ABC/Local- Extend TANF/ECF, National Campaign, Sept 2, 2010
Pennsylvania Way-To-Work Program - Fox News , Sept 2, 2010
SF Mayors Press Conference FULL video - Extend TANF/ECF, National Campaign, Sept 2, 2010
SF Mayors press release- Extend TANF/ECF, Value and Benefits, Sept 2, 2010
Mississippi PBS special - Need to Know - "One-step-forward-a-jobs-program-provides-hope" Sept 3, 2010
Read The Letters from People Whose Jobs Are At Risk, August 2010
Walking away from a Win-Win-Win, by Liz Schott, The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Sept 2, 2010
Jobs Bill vs. Deficit, a Showdown in the Senate, by David Leonhardt, The New York Times
Extending the TANF Emergency Fund Would Create and Preserve Jobs Quickly and Efficiently, by Liz Schott and LaDonna Pavetti, Ph.D., The Center for Budget Policy and Priorities
U.S. Lost 131,000 Jobs as Governments Cut Back, by Motoko Rich, The New York Times
Mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco on the effect of TANF-funded Jobs Now program (jump to 2:40 seconds into video for relevant content)
Federal Wage Subsidy Program Running Out of Cash, by Tom Abate, San Francisco Chronicle